UPDATE: Blackpool improvement works

Blackpool council have issued an update on the ongoing road and improvement works in the town.

Blackpool Council say they're committed to making a better town centre by creating a more attractive place to live, work and visit.


Improvement work around the town centre continues with the vision of transforming Blackpool progressing well. This work is enabling and supporting exciting changes including:


Houndshill Shopping Centre/IMAX-style cinema

There will be an extended shopping centre, more places to eat and drink and a new nine screen cinema with an IMAX-style screen, making Blackpool the preferred place for shopping and entertainment. It’s hoped construction will begin in the New Year to build the three storey extension to the shopping centre with a Wilko store and restaurant on the ground floor and first floor.


Tramway build

The extended tramway will connect North Station to the Promenade, helping more people get to where they need to be by providing a direct link to shops, hotels and attractions. As all of the work is being phased, only some areas of Talbot Road and its junctions will be closed at one time. The roadworks phase of the project will be complete by the end of February 2019.


High Street works

Work is taking place on High Street to create a safe and more modern footway into the train station that will be accessible to all.


Premier Inn, Talbot Square

The construction company for the new Premier Inn are currently on site and are expected to complete their works by early 2020.


Conference centre

A 21st century state of the art conference centre is being built, encouraging more people to stay and shop in our town. The steel frame for the main event space is currently being installed, with next steps including connecting the new build to the existing Winter Gardens. The conference centre is expected to open for business August 2019.


Next phase of road works

There will be some temporary closures this winter which can also be seen on the attached map:


Map area

Affected area

Approximate timescales


Talbot Road closed from The Strand to Abingdon Street

24 Apr 2018 – 14 Dec 2018


Talbot Road closed from Abingdon Street to Dickson Road

3 Sep 2018 – 18 Jan 2018


High Street one way Northbound between Dickson Road and Talbot Road

5 Nov 2018 – 26 Nov 2018


The Promenade closed from West Street to Queen’s Square

5 Nov 2018 – 21 Jan 2019


Talbot Square closed

5 Nov 2018 – 28 Feb 2019


Please note, sections of Talbot Road will temporarily reopen whilst there is a break for the Christmas period. Dates will be published on our website and Facebook page, and diversion signs will be in place.


What this means


Road users are being advised to plan trips in advance and follow diversion signs.


Businesses in the town centre will be open as usual.


Christmas parking

There will be a heavily discounted parking offer available at selected town centre car parks from December 1 to January 2. This offer will be delivered in association with the Town Centre BID and will be promoted extensively in the weeks leading up the start of the Christmas shopping season. Further details will be circulated as soon as the offer is confirmed.


Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council said: “We continue to move forward with the improvement works which will deliver a better Blackpool for both residents and visitors.


“The benefits of the work will be both tangible and significant in the longer term helping to create and support a better transport infrastructure, enhanced shopping and entertainment experiences, a more attractive environment and the potential to attract even more investment, footfall and spend into the town.”


Keep up-to-date with how the town centre is changing at www.blackpool.gov.uk/BetterBlackpool and follow us on social media @BpoolCouncil

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